The House of Commons Justice Committee has blamed government failure for the dramatic fall in magistrate numbers in England and Wales.
The committee says the recent shortfall is “as frustrating as it was foreseeable” and that it has taken a “near crisis” to prompt the government into acting.
In 2016, the committee warned the government that magistrates faced unresolved issues that related to their role, workload and morale, with serious recruitment and training problems being the main factor.
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